03 Mar 2017

Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

“HACKED MEDICAL DEVICES make for scary headlines. Dick Cheney ordered changes to his pacemaker to better protect it from hackers. Johnson & Johnson warned customers about a security bug in one of its insulin pumps last fall. And St. Jude has spent months dealing with the fallout of vulnerabilities in

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03 Mar 2017

Shoddy U.S. Cyber Deterrence Policy Emboldens Adversaries, Lawmakers Say

“The U.S. has powerful weapons with which to respond to enemy cyberattacks, but the effectiveness of those weapons is vastly diminished by a cyber deterrence policy disjointed at best and nonexistent at worst, senators and former defense officials said Thursday.” Source: Shoddy U.S. Cyber Deterrence Policy Emboldens Adversaries, Lawmakers Say

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02 Mar 2017

Idaho county pays ransom to release encrypted servers

“Bingham County ended up paying more than $3,000 in ransom after it was unable to fully recover from an attack on county servers. The ransomware attack was initially discovered Feb. 15, when county dispatchers were unable to access systems crucial to emergency responders. Information technology personnel were called in at

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02 Mar 2017

Mike Pence used private email for state business

“Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues. Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from

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02 Mar 2017

Defense Science Board Report on Cyber Deterrence

The United States gains tremendous economic, social, and military advantages from cyberspace. However, our pursuit of these advantages has created extensive dependencies on highly vulnerable information technologies and industrial control systems. As a result, U.S. national security is at unacceptable and growing risk. Over the past several years, the United

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02 Mar 2017

Pentagon Advisers Want Cyber ‘Tiger Teams,’ More Authorities for Cyber Command

“The proposed tiger team would ‘develop options and recommendations for improved and accelerated acquisition of scalable offensive cyber capabilities, including additional authorities to USCYBERCOM, and the establishment of a small elite rapid/special acquisition organization.’ The idea echoes what U.S. Cyber Command head Adm. Michael Rogers has said he wants to do

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02 Mar 2017

House hearing gives glimpse into cyberwar threats, challenges, opportunities

“Cyber continues to be a domain of warfare in which there are more questions than answers and in which defining the specific problems is as tricky as finding the solutions will prove to be.” Source: House hearing gives glimpse into cyberwar threats, challenges, opportunities – Fifth Domain | Cyber

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01 Mar 2017

Marissa Mayer forgoes bonus and equity in wake of Yahoo security incidents

“Yahoo’s board has decided that CEO Marissa Mayer will not receive her annual bonus this year, a decision linked to Yahoo’s handling of the 2014 security breach that exposed data from 500 million user accounts. Mayer volunteered to forgo her annual equity grant as well and has asked that the

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01 Mar 2017

DNI nominee puts ‘cyberwarfare’ at top of threat list

“President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s top spy chief, former GOP Sen. Dan Coats, said cyberwar will be one of the top threats facing the U.S. in the years to come, along with terrorism. During a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Feb. 28, Coats said he’s

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01 Mar 2017

Singapore military hack ‘probably state sponsored’

“The Singaporean military’s dedicated web access system was breached this month by hackers thought to be hunting for official secrets, the government said on Tuesday.” Source: Singapore military hack ‘probably state sponsored’ | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

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